2010 Vote a Statement on the Electorate, Not the State of the Country
Pundits, reporters and other life forms are proclaiming that the 2010 vote is a statement of dissatisfaction by the electorate regarding the state of the country. They announce that people are angry at the current administration about the lack of jobs, the massive government spending, and the intrusion of government into business. Those all sound great in a 10 second analysis, but does any of that make sense?
The fact is that the government spending (excluding the trillions spent on defense and war since 2001) has saved and created jobs. So how can people be angry at spending and also angry about not doing enough for job creation? Either the government should not have spent the money to save jobs, or the electorate should be supportive of spending money to avert the depression-era unemployment that would have likely happened if the stimulus package had not been passed.
Some might suggest that the government should have de-regulated and de-taxed business and let companies surge forth in a Wild West-type business environment. The logic offered is that millions of people would be employed if government would just get out of the way.
The problem is that Nevada has all of that and it doesn’t work. The State of Nevada is owned and operated by gaming and mining corporations and the state does not have income, corporate, capital gains, or inventory taxes. According to Tea Party logic, Nevada business has everything needed to make the job market explode through private enterprise.
The problem is that it just doesn’t work. Nevada is the highest in crime, unemployment, foreclosures, and bankruptcies. At the same time Nevada is among the worst in education. A Wild West-type of business environment is a failure.
So what does this election say about government? Almost nothing, but it does say that the electorate can be influenced by illogical, deceptive reasoning and convinced to vote in a way that is contrary to the good of the nation. John F. Kennedy was correct, you can fool all the people some of the time.